Nokia to overhaul the Symbian interface completely and go dual-core in 2011

Nokia to overhaul the Symbian interface completely and go dual-core in 2011
One of the new Nokia management's decisions was to streamline Symbian development, and update the platform much faster. Nokia's CTO said back in October that there will be no Symbian ^3 or ^4 anymore - as soon as steps like changes to the user interface are ready, they will be rolled out to all phones, thus bringing incremental improvements faster, rather than waiting for a final, all-encompassing release. Nokia is "doubling efforts" on Symbian by introducing Qt, the common developers' environment for both Symbian and MeeGo, and modern browser technologies to the aging mobile OS.

The project is well under way, it seems - Gunther Kottzieper, one of Nokia's senior managers, made a slideshow presentation yesterday at the 2010 International Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, that revealed Nokia's plans for 2011. A big Symbian update is coming in early 2011, to address more than 50 areas of concern, including a new browser with a more user-friendly interface, which is maybe the biggest Symbian^3 drawback. By September of next year, Nokia plans to introduce a slicker user interface, with more flexible home screens, an HTML5 browser, and a coherent way to update the Symbian software. Basically, it's what Nokia's mobile OS needs to become relevant again, since the platform's core is pretty robust already.

In parallel with updating Symbian to a more 2011-looking interface, Nokia will charge on the hardware front as well. By September the Finnish giant will have moved on to 1GHz chipsets and more graphics memory. Dual-core CPUs, and something called "a true zoom camera", which is most likely optical zoom on a smartphone, will be coming to Nokia devices in the last quarter of 2011, if Nokia can pull it off, or early 2012.

Great news for Nokia owners, too bad that we will maybe have to wait until September of next year for the new devices, but Nokia N8, Nokia C7 and Nokia E7 will have to suffice in the meantime. Maybe the Nokia E7 delay is due to the company trying to ship it with the updated Symbian out of the box. Here's to hoping.

via BGR



10. aafaq42

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 23, 2010

Can anyone please tell me that these new feature which will coming up. can i enjoy? bcoz i have X6. is these new features are available for symbian S60v5? or these features are only for symbian 3

9. dan_md

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2010

I really hope the above news is true. I love my Nokia N8: robust features, great camera, and unquestionably versatile OS but usability can be frustrating at times especially with the text input and connectivity settings. Here is my wishlist of improvements for Nokia Symbian (^3): Nokia N8 Symbian ^3 wishlist: 1. Browser update w/ onscreen buttons, instant multitab access, onsceen address bar & search box, copy&paste function 2. Share online feature 4 multimedia w/ native support for facebook 3. Improved microsoft exchange functionality 4. Optimized memory utilization: More free RAM at start-up, task prioritization, auto-shutdown of non-critical processes when multi-tasking 5. Improved social networking: improved social client w/ smoother operation, more options and functions (ie: tagging, etc.), in-contact social integration: show update of facebook/twitter posts without launching 'social' app 5. Editing options: portrait qwerty, multitouch support, non-split screen input, 'scrub'/'magnifer' option for placing cursor when editing text, more intuitive copy, cut, paste, mechanism, improved prediction function, improved qwerty keyboard layout; portrait alphanumeric keypad: reposition 'scroll', .option,' and backspace keys from bottom position to top of the alphanumeric keys 6. Widgets: optimizations, improved transparency, real-time/background updating of widget status (current setup allows updating of widget info only when current screen is active), 'decompartmentalization' of shortcut widget: ability to place individual icons autolined into an invisible grid (Android-like) 6. Homescreen: 'page-dragging' of homescreen, uniform 'panoramic' wallpaper for all Homescreens 7. Menu interface: additonal option to 'widgetize'/send icon to homescreen as shortcut when organizing menu contents; when scrolling through a grid with multiple icons: allow 'pause' per 12 icons on moderate flick scroll, continuous scrolling on swift flick scroll, 8. UI consistency: utilize upper screen notification for third party updates, alerts, (current setup supports only SMS & connection 9. Status bar: show definite buttons on status bar for wifi, bluetooth, battery, time, network, notification functions; simplified dialogue box/ single press switch for wifi and bluetooth; may implement draggable notifications bar (as with android/bada) 10. Simplification of connectivity settings: switch button approach for bluetooth, wifi, cellular data (3G), removal of 'destinations' implementation, allow automatic saving of hotspots/access points into phone's cache (like Apple) 12. Messaging: enable scrolling of text by dragging page (current setup requires use of scrollbar) 13. Overall UI: increase no. of lower screen context buttons (eg. inbox, calendar, etc.) from 3 to 4; remove 'show open applications' and 'user guide' 14. reduce height of top screen notification bar. 15. Enable page dragging in all text.containing areas (ie. Mail, messaging body (inbox, sent, drafts, etc,), notes

8. talolokins unregistered

I agree with DontHateOnS60, android ankit is retarded.

7. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Great now if only they'd make something similar to the models they make for DoCoMo I might buy one of their phones.

5. android ankit unregistered

Nokia rules are over now with there stupid symbian os against android and ios they r at the bottom why cant the manufacture phones with the top leading os nokia sucks with there symbian outdated os i think the company have to shut theres doors

6. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

What the hell did you just say?

4. Babon unregistered

nyc good news for me i bought n8 2months ago so i ll not buy and fone till 2011 last quarter or early 2012.....

3. MJ unregistered

Great news from NOKIA. Nokia is coming back in competition and will regain its position of 'No. 1 mobile manufacturer' in coming months with many software and hardware updates. And don't worry shiva, c6-01 will also getting the update.

2. shiva99861 unregistered

What about Nokia C6-01? Why not mentioned?

1. mew7946510

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 10, 2010


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